The Cherokee Washington High softball team rang up a 1-3 won-loss record last week, losing a 1-0 thriller at #2 ranked Emmetsburg Thursday night, and then posting a 1-2 mark at the rugged Carroll Kuemper Tournament in Carroll Friday and Saturday.
Shanon Shaefer took the hard-luck pitching loss at Emmetsburg, allowing just one run and three hits in six innings against the 23-2 E-Hawks. Shaefer struck out three and walked two.
Shaefer also led the WHS batters with a 2-3 night, while Megan Hummel and Clare Tuttle each stroked singles.
All-State pitcher Maddy Woodruff gave up four hits, one walk, and struck out 12 for Emmetsburg. Woodruff also doubled and scored the game's only run for a superb outing all the way around,
"We played great," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We played a complete game against a great team. This was a real confidence booster."
Shaefer also took the pitching loss against Denison-Schleswig, allowing 13 runs on 12 hits and seven walks in six innings.
Jackie Wilson popped a home run for Cherokee in her 2-3 effort and scored twice, while Taylor Woods was 3-3 with a double and home run and two RBI. Amanda Kohn had two hits, including a double, and Hummel also singled.
Claussen got the mound win for the Monarchs, allowing three runs on eight hits, with seven strikeouts.
"Jackie and Taylor had their first home runs of their career and they were back-to-back which was even better," noted Lubeck,
Kaitlyn Miller got the pitching loss for Cherokee against West, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks, with five Ks.
Sarah Ruehle led the Cherokee offense with a 2-4 effort and a run scored, while Shanon Shaefer was 2-4 with an RBI and run scored. Katie Sambrano and Autumn Shaefer also singled.
In the big win over Prairie Valley, Shanon Shaefer stifled the opponents on one run, six scattered hits, three walks, and four Ks in six innings.
Hummel was 2-4 with a double and triple and three RBI, and Woods 3-3 and two RBI. Shanon Shaefer had two hits including an RBI double, Kohn had an RBI double, Sambrano had two hits and two runs scored, and Autumn Shaefer had two singles and one run scored.
"The team made some great plays at Carroll and hit the ball well against some good competition," said Lubeck.